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December 28, 2011

Julio Montaner Urges Decriminalization of HIV

Julio Montaner, MD, director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, says that HIV-positive Canadians shouldn’t be legally required to reveal their status to sexual partners, CTV News reports. Montaner states in an article of the Canadian Medical Association Journal that current antiretroviral treatments can make the risk of transmitting HIV through sex negligible, even in the absence of condoms. Montaner suggests that an HIV-positive person who has an undetectable viral load or who is practicing safe sex, or both, isn’t actually a risk to anybody. Canada ranks as a world leader in criminal prosecutions for HIV nondisclosure, but Montaner argues the country should eliminate such laws.

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